Zebra, get out of my shot!
Sarah Phipps contributes these thoughts about one of the biggest obstacles to the sports photographer, the referee.
OSU’s Dez Bryant leaps for catch in front of Trevor Ford at the Oklahoma State University college football game against Troy University Saturday, Sept 27, 2008 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Normally if I had a picture of a zebra I would be thrilled, but this was not
the African grasslands. It was the 30-yard line at Boone Pickens Stadium. And
that zebra cost me a great photo.
It never fails, no matter what sport, there is always one frame with a
referee in crystal clear focus instead of the big play. I have even had refs
turn around to me with a big wink and say “Make sure you get my good side.”
And it is not just referees, sometimes it’s a sound guy, a cheerleader, a
coach or even another camera guy. But, the referees seem to have a sixth
sense about when they are in our frame.
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